How to Ease Chronic Pain with Good Posture

After a few hours of sitting at your desk or driving home from work, you may start to notice yourself slouching in your seat.  Maybe you need to pick up something off the floor and your initial reaction will be to bend down at your waist thinking it is no big deal.  Then you are standing in line at the grocery store with the shopping basket dropping your arm down after you picked up more supplies than you had originally anticipated.  Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?  All of these everyday scenarios have a negative impact on your muscles and joints.  After a while, you may start to feel soreness in your lower back.   If you find you can relate, it is likely that you have bad posture.

The Surprising Ways Tight Hips can Ruin Your Posture and Cause Back Pain

The hip flexors consist of a group of muscles which have a significant impact on our daily movements and play an essential role in in our functional tasks. The hip flexors connect the lower body. Specifically, they are a group of five muscles that connect the femur to the pelvis and move in over of two ways. [1] Maintaining a seated position for a long period of time tends to cause tight hip flexors. When you keep your hip flexors in a flexed position for long periods of time during the day, this will lead to loss of their flexibility. [2] Tight hip flexors can lead to a number of physical deficits you may not realize.  In fact, tight hips may be ruining your posture and causing back pain.  Many people who present with poor posture often associate more of their upper body to be contributing to the way they slouch. However, poor posture actually stems from your lower body and can be linked to tight hips.  Here are the surprising ways tight hips can ruin your posture:

Best Stretches to Relieve Tight Shoulders

Tightness in the shoulders is often an underlying cause of a myriad of problems including neck pain, mid-upper back pain, and tension headaches. Individuals who spend a significant amount of time at a desk or working at a computer are especially susceptible to carrying tension in the shoulders. Below are five of the best stretches to relieve tight shoulders.

Five Stretches to Prevent and Relieve Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments that affect approximately 31 million Americans per year. Surprisingly, it is one of the leading causes of disability and affects up to 80% of individuals at one point or another. (Castillo) There are many causes for lower back pain as the lower back is comprised of muscles, nerves, bones, joints and ligaments. This pain is often different for each individual and may depend on the individual’s history and type and severity of pain experienced. Pain may be experienced by an individual directly after certain activities, after an injury, or as a result of a chronic condition. Since the bottom of the spine supports a lot of the body’s weight, damage or disruption to this area can cause pain in other parts of the body.

Suffering from Chronic Inflammation? These 3 exercises just might help

When the body sustains an injury, it reacts by initiating an inflammatory process to increase nutrients to the injured area and promote healing. This process is marked by redness, warmth, and swelling in the area. This is an important part of recovering the health of the body’s tissue. But sometimes a problem occurs when this inflammatory cascade is not “turned off,” leaving the body in a state of chronic inflammation.

How to Prevent and Correct Forward Head Posture

The human race has made some amazing technological strides in recent years. Think about it: how many intricate electronic devices do you use in the run of a day? Chances are you wake up to an alarm each morning on your smartphone, listen to music on a tiny mp3 player at the gym, and maybe check your email from a tablet during a coffee break. You might work in a cubicle in front of a computer, or at least a decent percentage of your work day probably involves looking at a computer screen. After work, perhaps you take a bus or subway home and spend the transit time looking down at your phone; sending texts, checking social media accounts, and online window shopping. Thanks to some very talented software engineers, we are able to document every minute of our lives and have the answers to all of our questions at our fingertips.

Is Your Cell Phone Killing Your Back?

This article was originally published on Spineuniverse.com by Joshua M. Ammerman, MD

Millions of people do it throughout the day and are totally unaware that cell phone use can be detrimental to the back. Did you know that cell phone use can double or triple the weight of your head and can strain your neck? If you are reading this article on a cell phone or tablet, you are probably doing it right now: Tilting your head forward and down in order to look at your device.

11 Easy Office Stretches to Reduce Back and Neck Pain (Infographic)

If you work at a desk, you’re probably all too familiar with the aches and pains that come with prolonged sitting. Stiff, tired muscles, aching backs and tension in the neck are unfortunate side effects that many people deal with on a regular basis. Fortunately, a few simple routines can help relieve tension, give your muscles a break, and change the physical negativity of a day spent at your desk. For example, just thirty seconds raising each knee toward your chest gives your lower back a break. Moving your wrists back and forth after a day spent on a keyboard gives those muscles some release, too.

Stand Up Straight to Look and Feel Great

In case you haven’t noticed, we take good posture pretty seriously here at Lumo Bodytech. We often get asked why we care about posture so much – are we just a company full of ex-ballerinas and people who got aggressively nagged by their grandmothers to stand up straight? Although the answer to that question is no, we think that those nagging grandmothers are on to something! A growing body of research indicates that there are countless reasons to care about your posture.

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